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Good Health Initiatives for Now

RENEE MINUS WHITE Fashion & Beauty Editor | 10/25/2012, 4:41 p.m.
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The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) offers a health initiative to support the well-being of models in all aspects of their lives. Founded in 2007, the initiative is committed to the notion of a healthy body. Here are some suggestions, courtesy of nutrition expert Joy Bauer, M.S., R.D., C.D.N., that are model foods for the model life. These four strategies will, hopefully, help you look and feel your best.

Jump-start your body. Note, your morning meal is especially important when you have a long day planned ahead. Some of the healthiest options include high-fiber cereal with low-fat milk, yogurt mixed with wheat germ; scrambled eggs with whole grain toast or pita; an omelette stuffed with veggies and reduced-fat cheese; or a toasted whole-grain English muffin topped with peanut butter. You may swap the peanut butter for a few tomato slices and melted low-fat cheese. Couple each of these breakfast options with fresh fruit, and you will start your day with a bang!

Energize your body. Eat every few hours, and include the winning combination of lean protein and fiber at meals and snacks. Protein and fiber work together to keep blood sugar stable so that you can maintain focus and balance and stay at the top of your game. Try energy-boosting portable combos like yogurt or cottage cheese with fresh fruit, a peanut butter sandwich on whole-wheat bread, a turkey or grilled-chicken wrap with veggies; soy crisps; trail mixes; granola bars; nuts (almonds, cashews, pistachios, soy nuts); sunflower seeds; or fresh fruits and string cheese.

Beautify your body. For thick, shiny hair, eat iron-rich lean protein, such as skinless turkey and chicken, fish and seafood, pork tenderloin, lean beef, eggs, beans, lentils and soy (tofu, soybeans and soy nuts).

For radiant, glowing skin, load up on foods rich in vitamin C and beta-carotene. Great sources of vitamin C include bell peppers, oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, broccoli, kale and mangoes. You'll get a blast of beta-carotene from sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, butternut and acorn squash, cantaloupe, red bell peppers, apricots, spinach and kale.

For sparkling white teeth, aim to consume at least three calcium-rich foods or beverages per day, including nonfat/low-fat yogurt, milk, reduced-fat cheese, fortified soy milk, frozen yogurt or low-fat ice cream, beans and broccoli.

Water your body. Water hydrates cells and keeps your skin, hair and body looking their best. On average, women need nine 8-ounce cups of fluids per day, but try for more when you're especially active or working in a hot environment. Always carry a water bottle with you, and load up on water-rich fruits and vegetables, such as oranges, berries, melons, peaches, plums, pears, apples, asparagus, broccoli, carrots, celery, cucumbers, bell peppers and spinach. Flavored seltzers, coffee and green tea (green, white and herbal--hot or iced) are also good fluid sources (green tea also has some diuretic properties).